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Cadillac Introduces Wireless Charging Powermat in 2015 ATS

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Throughout the past decade, our society has become increasingly more attached to our mobile devices, making the inability to charge these devices a common, frustrating problem. To make charging smartphones easier than ever before, Cadillac is introducing a wireless charging Powermat in the 2015 ATS sport sedan and coupe, eliminating the clutter of charging cords and decreasing the likelihood of your phone dying. “Our lifestyles have evolved in a more mobile way than ever before and with that comes an even greater need for access to power in those places where we spend the majority of our time,” said Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine. “Our integration into the Cadillac ATS is ..read more

 

Chevy Volt Named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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In the small car segment, it can be difficult to find a car that is both fuel efficient, roomy, and safe—unless you are looking to buy a 2014 Chevrolet Volt with the available Forward Collision Alert. The small electric car was the only vehicle out of 12 small cars to earn one of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ awards, showing that, while it might be small, it is mighty.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because ..read more

 

2015 Toyota Sienna Updates Include Parent-Friendly Microphone

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There is a common scene in family-friendly movies, during which the children in the back seat of a minivan are getting a bit too rowdy, causing the parent to turn around and yell at them. While this method of calming children down seems to work well in movies, in real life it can some times have bad consequences, especially when the parent is the driver. To help parents out—and to keep children quieter—the 2015 Toyota Sienna offers a series of parent-friendly, innovative updates that you have to see to believe.

Starting the list of 2015 Toyota Sienna updates is a segment first—Driver Easy Speak. Through this program, drivers can use the ..read more

 

How to Extend Your Car’s Life

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When you first buy your dream car, you probably want to pull out of the dealer lot, tires screaming with excitement as you dash off to your next destination. It can be hard to remember that this car is one that needs to last you for at least the next five years, if not even more. To make sure you get the most out of your car, make sure you follow these tips on how to extend your car’s life!

Drive with care everyday. Treat your car like it’s brand new every time you get into it. We all have our moments where we forget that our car is something to ..read more

 

Tips for Buying Your First Car

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The car buying process can be an overwhelming one, especially if you’re purchasing your first car. Regardless of whether you’re a recent graduate with your first “grown-up” job or someone who has just held on to their high school hand-me-down, being a first-time car buyer isn’t easy, even though it’s definitely worth the wait. To make buying your first car as simple as possible, we have compiled a list of tips to help with the process.

Keep to a realistic budget.

Make sure you calculate how much you can afford a month for a car payment, especially if you’re not paying cash. Consider your cost of living in general, and then calculate ..read more

 

How to Change Wiper Blades on Your Car

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Your car’s wiper blades work hard to make sure that your windshield stays cleaned. Because they’re made of rubber, it’s natural for your blades to wear out after several months of battling snow, rain, and dust. While you could always take your car to the mechanic to get your windshield wipers changed, you can also take care of it by yourself. Here’s how to change wiper blades all by yourself:

Lift the metal wiper arm away from the windshield.

To access the rubber part of the wiper blade that can be replaced, first pull the wiper arm from the windshield. We suggest placing a towel on your windshield to protect it, since ..read more

 

The Significant Consequences of Drunk Driving

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The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s independence. Throughout the holiday celebrations, our country becomes focused on the three big “F”s—fireworks, fun and capital “F” Freedom. Along with barbeques and picnics thrown for the Red, White, and Blue come the national pastime of drinking alcoholic beverages. Whether it’s beer or spiked punch, the Fourth of July is the perfect time to celebrate our nation by getting drunk. That’s why we want to make sure you fully understand the consequences of drunk driving.

In the United States, on average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. In 2012 alone, 10,322 ..read more

 

Toyota Helps Amy Purdy’s Adaptive Action Sports Program

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Some of you may have heard of Amy Purdy before—especially if you are an avid watcher of Dancing with the Stars. As Paralympian snowboarder, Purdy has made a name for herself in the world of sports and is continuing to do so, thanks to Toyota’s helping hand.

Along with being a Paralympic athlete and all-star dancer, Purdy is also the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), a program based in Copper Mountain, Colorado that encourages disabled children, young adults, and wounded veterans to compete in action sports. Through this program, many individuals with disabilities can be creative, while also building independence and self-confidence.

“At Toyota, we believe in the spirit of adventure, ..read more

 

Women Get Better Deals Than Men While Car Shopping

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Car dealerships are known for being a bit sexist towards women who come in to purchase cars. We’ve all been there before—whether we bring a knowledgeable guy friend with us or not, it’s difficult not to feel like a pushover the moment you step on a dealership lot. It looks like this all might be changing, though. According to a recent report from LeaseTrader.com, generally women get better deals than men when they buy cars. The reasoning behind this new discovery? Women complete more research before leaving home. In a recent NPR Morning Edition, John Sternal of LeaseTrader said that many women are taking the front seat in car buying, ..read more

 

Toyota Sets Production Date for Fuel Cell Vehicles

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Toyota has set the pace in the race for more eco-friendly cars after recently announcing that the company’s newest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be in showrooms sooner, rather than later. According to the Japanese carmaker, production for the new green car will begin in mid-December with the sedan showing up on dealer lots by the end of this year.

The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is powered by—you guessed it—hydrogen, making it a viable green option for drivers looking to help the environment. This technology reduces the amount of green house gases emitted by a car when a hydrogen fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, heat, and water. ..read more

 
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